I found this. I do not know where it’s from, nor its truth.
“After you die, it is believed you have seven minutes of brain activity left inside you.”
Now this: “What if right now you’re in that seven minutes?”
7 minutes, that’s 420 seconds of brain activity. What do you want known? Stored? Shared?
There are pills with computers, sensors, even cameras inside them that convey your innards to your doctor. We should have something like that for our brains, only lodged in there permanent. Like one of those dashcams that records everything, erases it, erases it, erases it again, until — bam! — an accident, everything comes to a halt. That part it keeps. The few minutes before, the during, and the few minutes following.
We need a dashcam for our brain.
In the final 7 minutes of life, this brain dashcam records and uploads our final thoughts, emotions, everything.
We are not God.
But, each of us has been blessed with a slice of godly power. Put them all together, and we — humanity — can incite a singular act of God.
We’re nearing connecting all of us.
What should our singular act be?
In between anti-Trump screeds, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber finds something positive to say about Apple:
This nonsense again.
Anyone else old enough to remember when Apple was about the very best products, rather than a series of me-too, good-enough apps and services that couldn’t compete on their own?
It was great.
Now repeat after me: lock-in is not the same as integration. Ecosystem is a marketing term. Usability and value are timeless. Stickiness is for consumers, not creators.
Apple’s television efforts are everything wrong with today’s Apple. Lock-in and exclusivities do not benefit users. I’ll make it obvious: we want what we want when we want it where we want it on the device we want it on. This is the future.
Apple is on the wrong side of history.
Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times writes: “Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants”
I hate this deceptive, dishonest, distrustful garbage.
There are about 40 million legal immigrants in America and about 15 million illegal immigrants. This is a legitimate concern — for America’s economy, culture, politics, institutions, and security. But to act as if a temporary ban on a select few countries — representing about 2% of the world’s population — might somehow damage Silicon Valley is more dishonest than stupid.
If you want to understand why tech employees went to the mat against Mr. Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, you need to first understand the crucial role that America’s relatively open immigration policies play in the tech business.
When we no longer have immigrants from Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Canada, Israel, Australia, France, Spain, Norway, and England, let’s talk. Till then, America first and no more chicken littles.
What do the world’s poor have that’s better than what we have?
Deeper connections with friends, family, place?
A better Facebook?
Facebook’s stripped-down but speedy Lite app is growing fast and adding countries so it can keep connecting people and building the company’s business in the low-bandwidth world where revenue increased 52% this year.
That sounds better than the battery and processor killing version I use.
The future has arrived only its evenly distributed.
Virtual Reality is a thick branch on the Augmented Reality tree. But, count me among the many suckers who thought VR would be further along than AR, which requires a near-universal and very deep ecosystem of users, sensors, processors, databases, maps, and AI. Yet, here we are:
Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US. The scaling back of Facebook’s first big retail push for VR comes after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told (Business Insider) that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration.
Pinterest today introduced Lens, a new visual search tool that uses machine vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items on the service. Lens, which is now in beta, is a tool inside the Pinterest mobile app that functions as a kind of Shazam for objects. Point it at food, furniture, or even the night sky, and Pinterest will return objects that it believes are related.
Google + smartphones + lenses = magic.
You could bite your tongue till you spit out a chunk and blood gushes out. Or…read this Android Wear 2.0 review in the Verge.
Remember the cheerleaders who told you they’ve been “serious” about watches — horology — for years? Sure. And that Apple Watch was “cool” “cool” “cool” and fine jewelry and gold plated fashion? Fakers.
Truth: a computerized screen on your wrist will *always* be non-interesting. It will *always* be of very limited value and for a very limited few. If that’s you, great. But nobody needs to hear about it. We simply do not care.